Before attending George Mason University, Tiffany Dawson knew she wanted to major in business. In high school she joined Future Business Leaders of America as a freshman, and “knew that business was my calling.”
“After years of holding leadership positions within that organization and other extracurriculars, I realized that I found a lot of joy in the logistics of running and leading an organization. Therefore, I decided to major in management,” she says.
Dawson decided to attend George Mason because of the business school’s reputation and the career opportunities available in the Washington, D.C., area. “Being so close to D.C., I knew that I would have opportunities to network with professionals, attend conferences, and apply to internships that I wouldn’t be able to find elsewhere,” she says.
On campus Dawson is involved with Future Business Leaders of America- Phi Beta Lambda as the Mason chapter president, vice president of International Friendship Connections, and secretary of Bridges International. She is also a member of the honors living learning community, and works as a peer advisor and global envoy in the Mason Global Education Office.
Dawson, who plans to graduate in December 2019, is a recipient of the Altman/Alire Scholarship. “It is an honor to be a scholarship recipient, as it not only financially allows me to be able to maintain my studies, but also provides confidence that I am able to exceed in the field that I am passionate about,” she says.
Dawson says the scholarship gives her peace of mind, allowing her to focus more on her studies. She is grateful to School of Business donors who contribute to student scholarships.
“I would let them know that the scholarships help provide opportunities to students like me that would not otherwise be possible. Since I am an independent, first generation student, having opportunities like these make me extremely grateful for scholarship donors that see potential in the upcoming generation of business leaders,” she says.
After graduation, Dawson would like to pursue her MBA and work in international business with a focus on technology or events management.
“Ultimately, I plan to use my experiences and opportunities towards becoming a top executive at a Fortune 500 company, like Intel or Samsung. I know that these goals will take years of hard work and constant learning. However, I look forward to having the opportunities to continue working towards my dreams and goals.”